Upcoming Event: “Land, Faith & Slaves: Shared Heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University and the Dutch Reformed Church”

Upcoming Event: “Land, Faith & Slaves: Shared Heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University and the Dutch Reformed Church”

LandFaithSlavestalk2Join us for a fascinating discussion on the connections between the Rev. Hardenbergh (principal founder of Rutgers University) family and great African American abolitionist leader Sojourner Truth, at one time their slave, plus stories of other early slave-holding leaders of Rutgers College.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
2:30 pm
Old Dutch Parsonage

Speakers include:

  • John Coakley, Feakes Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • Thomas J Frusciano, Rutgers Library faculty and Vice President of the Rutgers Living History Society
  • Helene Van Rossum, Public Services and Outreach Archivist at Rutgers Libraries Special Collections

There is a suggested five dollar donation to attend this program.

Advance registration is advised.

Call 908-725-1015 or email whouse3@verizon.net to register. Please register early, as seating is limited.

Candle Light Tours

Enjoy Candle Light Tours and Music at the
Wallace House & 
Old Dutch Parsonage
Friday, December 9, 2016
6 pm – 9 pm
Hourly group tours by candle light,
featuring costumed interpreters,
cooking demonstrations & period music.
Join Mrs. Mary Wallace when she steps out of her portrait frame to guide visitors around her home and share personalized insights on the memorable winter of 1778, when she and her husband John Wallace shared their home with General George Washington and his entourage.    
 
In the Wallace House kitchen wing, re-enactor Kathy Ormosi will be presenting hearthside cooking, and discussing the foods of the season.
 
The tour will adjourn to the nearby Old Dutch Parsonage, to listen to Robert Mouland   perform period music on antique instruments and to enjoy light refreshments.
 
Fee: $10 per-person. 
 
All visitors must register for this program in advance. Visitors may register for the 6pm, 7pm or 8pm tour. Each hourly tour will be limited to ten visitors per group. Call 908-725-1015 to register. Please register early.
71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
 
 
908-725-1015        ab whouse3@verizon.net

 

 

 

George Washington Birthday Event

In celebration of George Washington’s birthday, Jim Kurzenberger, Historic Preservation Specialist of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, will conduct a Headquarters Theme tour of the Wallace House.  Visitors will be presented with an experience that emphasizes the details of General Washington’s stay at Hope Farm, the country seat of John Wallace.  The tour will last one hour.

 
Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time:  2 PM
Reservations required.  Call 908-725-1015 to reserve.

Middlebrook 101

The presentation “Middlebrook 101:  A Comprehensive Look” by Jim Kurzenberger, Historic Preservation Specialist of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage is only one week away!  Be sure to come at 7 PM on Thursday, February 18th to not miss out on this very informative look at the Forgotten Cantonment.  Please email us or call 908-725-1015 to reserve since seating is limited.  A $10 donation is requested from non-members, and members are asked to renew their annual memberships at this time.

Light refreshments will follow, and then the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association will hold its Annual Meeting. New members are always welcome.

Exciting news!

Announcing…the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association website!  

As we reported at our last annual meeting, in 2014 we applied for a mini grant for the development of a website.  We were successful in that effort and received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.  We have been working very hard on developing it with David Bell e-Designs and we invite you to visit http://www.wallacehouseassociation.org
to check it out!  Keep checking back on it as it is still a work in progress and more materials will be added.

 

“Somerville Through Time” Authors Event

Linda and Bob Barth, along with Jim Sommerville, have recently published a new photo history book on Somerville.  The book, “Somerville Through Time,” features “then and now” images of the town including a number of interior photos of the Wallace House that show its gradual restoration to the authentic historic site we know today.  Linda and Bob will be showcasing their work at the Van Horn House as part of the Heritage Trail Sunday Speaker Series, February 7 at 2 pm.  The lectures are open to the public and free.  Copies may be purchased there or people can order online: People can order online at www.somervillethroughtime.com.